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Weaning and food allergies

For the first 6 months of life exclusive breastfeeding or first infant formula is recommended.

If you have a family history of food allergies, Asthma, hay fever or Eczema it is advisable to talk to your health visitor or GP first.

Introducing foods that can trigger allergic reactions

In general it is recommended to introduce solid foods around 6 months of age, whilst milk is still the main source of nutrition. See our blog on weaning - https://www.bubbachomp.co.uk/blogs/baby-and-you-baby-weaning-tips/baby-led-weaning-excited-or-dreading-it

Tips for introducing foods when it comes to allergens

  • Introduce foods that can trigger an allergic reaction one at a time
  • Start with very small amounts 
  • Introduce the new food early in the day to give you plenty of time to monitor your baby for a reaction
  • Once foods are seen to cause no reactions they should be introduced into the diet regularly to decrease the risk of allergy
  • There is evidence to show that introducing peanuts and hens eggs further down the line can increase the risk of developing an allergy to these foods
  • Children can outgrow their allergies to milk and egg, however peanut allergies are usually lifelong

 

Foods that can be introduced to your bubba's meals from weaning age, that are the most likely to cause allergic reactions

  • Cows milk 
  • Eggs (eggs without the 'red lion' stamp should not be eaten raw or lightly cooked for infants)
  • Foods containing gluten, including wheat, rye, barley
  • Nuts and peanuts (crushed, ground or in butter form for infants)
  • Seeds (crushed & ground for infants)
  • Soya
  • Shellfish (don't serve raw or lightly cooked for infants)
  • Fish

If these foods are tolerated once introduced, its is recommended to keep offering them as part of your bubba's usual diet (this minimises the risk of allergy).

Signs of food allergy

  • Itchy throat and/or tongue
  • Sore, itchy, red eyes
  • A blocked or runny nose
  • Swollen lips and/or throat
  • Itchy skin or rash 
  • Wheezing and/or shortness of breath 
  • A cough
  • Diarrhoea or vomiting 

In cases of severe allergic food reactions call 999 and get immediate medical help - see here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anaphylaxis/

 

 

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